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The Trade Alley Art Gallery in Hickory, NC, is Calling for Entries for Its “Annual Juried Arts Exhibition” – Deadline August 31, 2020

August 6, 2020

Artists of all ages are invited to apply for an open-themed, juried exhibition presented by Trade Alley Art Gallery, held Tuesday, October 6th through Friday, October 23rd, 2020. Trade Alley Art is a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of historic downtown Hickory, North Carolina. Cash prizes of $1,200 to be awarded. All hanging, 2D media and art styles will be considered.


Entries must be original 2-dimensional works of art that have been completed within the last three years. Works must not exceed 24” in any dimension, including the frame. All 2D work must be suitably framed (or sides cleanly finished or painted), wired, and ready for hanging. D-rings should be used for heavy works. 2D works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass. Must have securely attached wire to hang. No saw tooth hangers, and no work can be hung from ceiling.


Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image or it does not meet eligibility requirements. Absolutely NO substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.


Artists selected to be in the show will be notified by email by September 14, 2020 and expected to deliver the chosen artworks during the drop-off dates of September 27 and 28, 2020, 10am-4pm. The judge for the exhibit is esteemed artist, Clay James, a native to Maiden and former Art program coordinator at LRU from 2012 – 2017. He received his MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts, San Francisco and is currently the set designer for HCT.


Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:
1st place–$500.00
2nd place–$300.00
3rd place–$200.00
People’s choice award–$100.00
Honorable mention (2 winners)–$50.00 each


Deadline for entry: August 31, 2020
Artist notification: September 14, 2020
Delivery of accepted art: 10am-4pm
Sunday, Sept. 27th & Monday, Sept. 28th, 2020
Show opens: October 6, 2020
Reception and awards ceremony: 6pm-9pm–October 9, 2020
Show close: October 23, 2020
Pick-up art: 10am-4pm–Saturday, October 24, 2020


* $35.00 non-refundable fee for up to 3 works of art.


Trade Alley Art Gallery
25 2nd Street NW, Hickory, NC 28601
October 9, 2020–6-9pm


All art must be for sale and marked as such with applicable pricing. Trade Alley Art will retain a 30% commission on all artworks sold during the show’s duration.


All accepted work must be hand-delivered on the drop-off dates of September 27 and 28, 10am-4pm. All accepted work must be picked up on Monday, October 26 through Friday October 30. The gallery accepts no responsibility for work not retrieved on pick-up date. After 30 days the gallery may dispose of the work.


For more information, please contact Robert Havens, TAA art show coordinator at (

Entries will be accepted no later than August 31, 2020. A non-refundable $35 entry fee enables each artist to submit up to 3 works. Please follow the instructions at this link (

For further information call 828/578-1706, e-mail to ( or visit (

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Offers Results of “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”

July 31, 2020

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, announces “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” award recipients, from the competition founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates

After being rescheduled from May to July due to Covid-19, the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” still hosted over 60 entries from local and regional artists.

From those entries, an anonymous judge carefully selected the following award recipients:

Best In Show piece by Julien McCarthy titled “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise). Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council.

Best In Show: Julien McCarthy “Irrevocable Union” (wood, turquoise)

Excellence Awards: Kinga Rojek “The Love Source” (acrylic), Rick Daley “Surf Monster” (latex house paint on canvas drop cloth), Marilyn Heiser “Issah Asana” (oil), and Lori Goll “Peacock Mug” (pastel)

Honorable Mentions: Bob McCormick “Two Fish” (sprayed acrylic), Beth Burns “Take Cover” (textiles), and Kelly Lonergan “Self-Portrait with Book and Cat” (oil on canvas)

People’s Choice Award: Sue Freeman “Moments of Reflection” (wood)

“I am very proud to have been encouraged by Chris, Lynne and Lou to enter the ‘Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show’,” said Best In Show award recipient Julien McCarthy. “I am even prouder to have won Best in Show amidst such a stellar display of artistic talent. I am grateful to all who work to support the Arts Council and its activities.”

The show was held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

Mollie A. Fearing & Associates is the founding sponsor of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”.

A special thank you to Best In Show award sponsor Michael Halminski Photographer and our Excellence award sponsors Gene and Bonita Shoap, Lucky 12 Tavern, The Willey Agency, and The Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts. Also, a special thank you to David Bundy and Roy Revels for their support of the “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” over the years.

For more information about the show, please visit ( or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.

Lancaster County Council of the Arts in Lancaster, SC, Calls for Entries for the “2020 Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition” – Deadline Sept. 18, 202

July 20, 2020

The Marian Hagins Memorial Art Competition, now in its 37th year, is an annual showcase of art and artists from Lancaster County. Accepting any county resident artist of high school age and older, the exhibition features the types of media and materials that Marian Hagins used in her own work. The Lancaster County Council of the Arts is pleased to host this celebration of Marian Hagins and Lancaster County artists.

Friday, September 18, 2020 | 5 PM
Online Entry Deadline for Intent to Submit Work

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Deliver Work to the LCCA
Thursday, October 1, 2020 | 10 AM – 4 PM
Deliver Work to the LCCA
Friday, October 2, 2020 | 10 AM – 3 PM
Final Day to Deliver Work to the LCCA

Sunday, October 11, 2020 | 3:00-5:00 PM
Outdoor Reception & Awards Ceremony
The Historic Springs House, 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, SC
The Reception is FREE and Open to the Public.
Please Invite Your Friends and Family.

October 12 – October 27, 2020**
Exhibition at the Historic Springs House by Reservation

October 28 – 30, 2020
Exhibited Work Must Be Picked Up by 3 PM, October, 30

October 11 – November 27, 2020
Virtual Exhibition Dates

**at present we plan to hang the exhibition at the Springs House for limited viewing in small groups. Should this change due to COVID-19 circumstances, we will alert you prior to the delivery date of any schedule and exhibition redesign.

Click this link for more information and a full prospectus (

Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, Announced Winners of the “31st Annual Juried Competition”

July 20, 2020

The Arts Council of York County in Rock Hill, SC, announced the awards for the “31st Annual Juried Competition” in an online Gallery Talk with juror David M. Detrich. This video was released on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and is available to watch on the Arts Council’s website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. Works accepted to the Juried Competition exhibition are currently on exhibition in the Arts Council’s online Virtual Gallery at (

Each year, the “Annual Juried Competition” is open internationally to artists 18 and older. Only original work, created in the last two (2) years, and not previously shown in the Dalton Gallery at the Center for the Arts is accepted. All forms of media are eligible, including video.

Professor of Art, Clemson University

Originally from East St. Louis, MO, Detrich received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and his Master of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University in New York. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally including venues at the Tallina Kunstiulikool in Tallin, Estonia and at the American Cultural Center in Taipei, Taiwan. His work is also represented in public and private collections nationally.

One hundred nine entries by 54 artists from 21 cities and 6 states were submitted to the “31st Annual Juried Competition”. Of those entries, Detrich selected 35 works for exhibition.

Awards were presented to:
Gerald and Barbara Schapiro Best of Show: “Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

“Jump Castle, Sheet Cake, Asthma” by Emily Furr of Charleston, SC

1st Place – “I Shine, You Shine (invertible shoeshine chair)” by Oscar Soto of Rock Hill, SC

2nd Place – “Fast Satisfaction” by Ronni Brashear of Madison, MS

3rd Place – “November 3, 2019” by Janice Mueller of Charlotte, NC

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Awards are sponsored by Kathy and Larry Wilson.

Honorable Mention – “Consumer Column IV” by Jordan Fowler of Adairsville, GA

Honorable Mention – “Serial” by Robert Simoneau of Columbia, SC

Elizabeth (Lib) Louise Dunlap Patrick, a Rock Hill native, was born in Feb. 1936 in Rock Hill. Lib was an avid supporter of the arts. She gave freely of her time and patronage to the Arts Council; served on the Gallery Committee and underwrote the awards for the annual “Juried Competition” for nearly ten years. Lib was a generous and ardent participant at the annual art auctions for many years, and she collected pottery from North and South Carolina potters whose work she championed. She also sponsored activities and events for the Yorkville Artist Guild. She supported her alma mater, Winthrop University, serving on alumni boards and reunion committees. Because of her generous support of the arts at Winthrop, the Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery was named in her honor in 1999. Also, Lib was among the first group of honorees for the Medal of Honor for the Arts. Kathy Wilson continues her mother’s legacy by sponsoring the Arts Council’s Juried Awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place.

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Arts Council of York County’s offices and galleries are closed until further notice. The Arts Council is looking to the guidance and directives of local, state and federal officials to amend plans as necessary. The decision to close affects all ACYC events and facility rentals. Cancellations and postponements are precautionary measures taken to minimize exposure. By activating social distancing, the Arts Council removes the opportunity for people in the community to be exposed. Please check the Arts Council’s Facebook pages (@yorkcountyarts and @uffyc) and websites ( and ( for the most recent updates regarding scheduled events.

The Arts Council is headquartered in downtown Rock Hill, a state-recognized cultural district. For more information on Arts Council events, contact the Arts Council of York County by calling 803/328-2787, by e-mail at (, or visit (

Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, is Calling for Submissions for “Illumination 2020” – Deadline Sept. 11, 2020

July 15, 2020

For the past five years, “Illumination”, an exhibition of artist-made lanterns, has marked the transition of season’s change and the year’s end at the Cameron Art Museum (CAM). This year, deep in the COVID crisis, we ask artists to examine their own metaphorical concept of light.

Luminescence often symbolizes transformation, enlightenment, or an epiphany. Glowing lamplight might remind us of home and safety, the porchlight left on for your return. We talk of our inner light or how someone can light up a room. Candles lit in remembrance show that a memory of a loved one still burns bright. The beam of a lighthouse and an airplane’s runway can guide our way. Light makes things visible, sweeping away the shadows, and showing what hides in darkness.

In your work, through content, style, and choice of material, show us what light means to you.

$2,500 in Cash Prizes
1st Place: $1,500; 2nd Place: $750; 3rd Place: $250

Deadline for submission is Sept. 11, 2020.

Application Guidelines:
All proposal submissions and payment of entry free are conducted via CAM website at ( Prior to submission, please direct questions by e-mail to ( or (

Open to all artists residing in the United States and Canada, ages 18 and older. Collaboration between artists in encouraged.

Entry Fee:
$15 (non-refundable) per entry, unlimited entries per artist.

Exhibition & Publicity:
All selected works will be installed and displayed at Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington, NC, for “Illumination 2020”, November 20, 2020 through January 10, 2021. Images of selected work will be featured on the Cameron Art Museum website. “Illumination 2020” juried exhibition will be publicized in regional press releases, social networking sites, and via CAM’s e-mail list.

For more info click here (

Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Launches Virtual Exhibition for Graduating Art Students – Deadline is July 10, 2020

June 29, 2020

For graduating art students from high school to graduate school, the spring semester has been a uniquely challenging time. Student showcases and senior thesis exhibitions across the country have been canceled, and while some have been rescheduled, many students won’t have the opportunity to see their artwork displayed in public.

To make sure they don’t miss out entirely, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, in Winston-Salem, NC, is launching “SECCA Student Showcase 2020” – a virtual exhibition open to graduating high school, BFA, and MFRA students in art and design fields. While there is no replacement for a physical exhibition, we hope this project will bring light to the diversity of artistic talent, dedication, and vision in the Class of 2020.

Submissions are now open and will remain open for four weeks. Friday, July 10, 2020, is the final day to submit artwork for consideration.

An overall “Best In Show” distinction will be awarded by a small jury pool comprised of SECCA curatorial and education staff, as well as professionals from other regional arts organizations. The “Best In Show” artist will receive a $500 cash prize.

The virtual exhibition will also be open to the public for voting. The artwork receiving the most votes will receive the “People’s Choice” distinction and a $100 cash prize.

Art and design students wishing to have their work included in the “SECCA Student Showcase 2020” virtual exhibition may visit the SECCA website for more information at (

SECCA will share submissions on a rolling basis in the coming weeks, follow along on Instagram (@SECCAcontempart).

For additional information, please e-mail SECCA Director of Programs and Audience Engagement Alex Brown at (

Founded in 1956, The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art offers a front-row seat to the arts of our time. Through visual art exhibitions, film, music, dance, theater, and education, SECCA starts conversations that engage diverse communities and perspectives. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art and a division of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County in Fayetteville, NC, Calls for Entries for Annual “Public Works” Exhibit – Deadline is August 15, 2020

June 29, 2020

“Public Works” is a community-wide art exhibit sponsored by the Fayetteville Public Works Commission. This is an opportunity for ALL ARTISTS to have their work displayed from August 28 through October 17 at the Arts Council gallery in Fayetteville, NC.

“Public Works” affords the opportunity for all ages and skill levels to participate. Artwork ranging from accomplished to emerging artists—2D, 3D, paintings, drawings, print-making, textiles, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, glass, the sky is the limit! Participants must reside within the 11-county area served by the Arts Council: Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, and Scotland counties. The top 20 pieces selected in the “People’s Choice” votes cast during the opening weekend will be published in a Facebook gallery for Virtual Votes. The entry with the most “likes” will receive a Goody Bag filled with various downtown prizes. The entry fee for Public Works is $15 for non-Arts Council members/donors (or $20 for two entries) and $10 for Arts Council members/donors at $50 or higher (or $15 for two entries).

For full details visit The Arts Council’s website at (

Art League of Hilton Head on Hilton Head Island, SC, Seeks Crafts Artisans – August 12, 2020

June 29, 2020

“CraftHiltonHead2020, 7th National Juried Fine Art Craft Guild Exhibition”, seeks 2D and 3D fine art craft entries that encompass exemplary creativity, experimentation, and imagination, showcasing what can be accomplished with few restrictions. Up to 90 works will be chosen by several esteemed jurors based on artistic excellence, innovation, and originality. This is a juried gallery show in a community that loves art and buys art. Over $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded by a nationally recognized judge. Deadline for applications is August 12, 2020. For more information and to enter, go to (

This exhibition will be free and open to the public from October 6 – 31, 2020 at Art League Gallery located inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, SC. An opening reception and awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, October 7, from 5-7pm. This exhibition will take place during the entire run of a professionally produced performance on the stage of Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Since the gallery is located inside the Arts Center, we expect to host an additional 100 to 200 theatre-goers each evening in addition to our regular visitors.

Work by Porky Park from a previous show

Art League of Hilton Head is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization built on a membership of talented artists, art students and arts supporters that work together to advance the mission to Inspiring visual arts for our community and its visitors through exhibitions, education and partnerships.

Call for Entry: “CraftHiltonHead2020”

Deadline to Enter: August 12, 2020
Where to Enter: (
Cost: A non-refundable fee of $35 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry (limit 3).

All entries will be juried from a digital image. Each artist may enter up to three pieces of original artwork created within the last three years and never accepted into an Art League of Hilton Head juried show before. Only one piece of art per artist will be accepted into the show.

Exhibition Dates: October 6-31, 2020, Monday-Saturday from 10am-4pm, Sunday from 12-4pm, and 90 minutes before all Arts Center performances.
Awards Reception: Wednesday, October 7, 2020, from 5-7pm. Enjoy refreshments, meet the artists and award winner announcements. Free & open to the public.

Art League Gallery located mid-island inside Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, 14 Shelter Cove Lane, Hilton Head Island, SC.

For further info call 843/681-5060.

South Carolina Watermedia Society Invites Artists to Participate in “SCWS Paint Out: Fun For the Fourth” on July 4th, 2020

June 12, 2020

The South Carolina Watermedia Society will be celebrating our nation’s independence with a plein air paint out. The goal of this event is to encourage you to get outside and get painting! Join our Facebook Event “SCWS Paint Out: Fun For the Fourth” to connect with other participating artists – staying apart, celebrating together.

Event Specifications:

Begin your painting the week prior to July 4th (June 27 – July 3)

Take a photo of your painting in progress with your scene in the background, selfies optional

Once your painting is completed, take a close up of the final piece

On July 4th, post your two images to the Facebook Event page and Instagram too. Include artist name and work location (city, state), title, and size in your post. For example, Artist: John Smith, New York, NY, “Examples,” 10×10

Use hashtags #SCWS #SCWSPaintOut and #Funforthefourth so we can see and share your work

Don’t have Facebook? E-mail us your images with the subject line SCWS JULY 4th at ( and we will share them for you.

Additional Details:

There is no need to pre-register for this event. It is free to all artists of all media interested in celebrating the unity of our nation in spite of the separation covid-19 has created. Please invite your friends—professionals, amateurs, and novices alike—to spread national and artistic pride.

On July 5th at 10am a People’s Choice Award will be announced based on the total number of likes each artist’s post received. To increase your “likes” be sure you share and spread the word about this SCWS event and your work. Only submissions posted to and liked on the Facebook Event page will be considered. The votes will be counted at 9pm EST on July 4.

Example Post:

Artist: Russell Jewell

Location: San Angelo, TX

Title: “Peddlers”

Size: 20×10

#SCWS #SCWSPaintOut #Funforthefourth

For info e-mail to (

Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, Announces A Call For Entry for “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”

June 12, 2020

Founded by Mollie A. Fearing & Associates, the Dare County Arts Council in Manteo, NC, is seeking entries for the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”, which will now be held from July 3 to July 31, 2020. The “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” usually opens in May, but had to be rescheduled due to Covid-19.

“We are elated that we are still able to bring the ‘Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show’ to the community this year,” said Dare County Arts Council staff member Louise Sanderlin. “With that being said, there have been quite a few changes put in place to ensure the show can go on in a safe and responsible way.”

Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at ( and at the DCAC Gallery.

Please note that there is a new protocol for artwork drop-off to reduce pedestrian traffic inside the DCAC Gallery. Artists can sign up for a specific day and time to drop off their artwork online at (
The show is held in memory of Mollie A. Fearing, one of the founders of Dare County Arts Council, and is known for showcasing vibrant, eclectic artwork.

“My mom was such a loving, caring soul,” said owner of Mollie A. Fearing & Associates and Mollie Fearing’s daughter Grizelle Fearing. “I carry her life lessons with me and will my entire life. Early on she taught me that everyone has something to give, even if all they can give is their time. Her world of art was introduced into my earliest memories, one of which was her worrying over an oil painting she wanted to enter into a contest when we lived in Miami. This piece hangs proudly in my office. From there, art swirled around us always, from those first organizational meetings of the Dare County Arts Council to visiting every art museum and exhibit we could find. Her joy of collecting art now fills my home and my heart.”

Due to the current restrictions in place for mass gatherings, there will not be a formal opening reception at the DCAC Gallery for this year’s “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show”.

Best In Show and Excellence Award recipients will be announced the week following the opening day. The People’s Choice Award recipient will be announced the day the show closes, as guests who visit the show at the DCAC Gallery will be able to vote on the People’s Choice piece throughout the month.

2019 “Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” Best In Show Piece “Blue Gate” (watercolor) by Bobby Wiltshire. Photo courtesy of Dare County Arts Council.

The show will be open for viewing during normal gallery hours from July 3 to July 31.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the “23rd Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show” awards should contact Dare County Arts Council’s Executive Director Chris Sawin at (

For more information about the show, please visit ( or call 252/473-5558.

Dare County Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity.